Ilhan Omar ~ U.S. House, District 5
Ilhan was born in Somalia and fled the country’s civil war when she was eight years old. She came to the U.S. in the 1990s after spending four years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Ilhan has worked as a community educator at the University of Minnesota, a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Senior Policy Aide for the Minneapolis City Council. Ilhan served in the Minnesota House of Representatives prior to running for Congress, where she was the Assistant Minority Leader. She is the first Somali-American Muslim of Congress, the first women of color to represent Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.
On healthcare . . .
“Our healthcare system must ensure dignity and equality for all people, which is why we need to enact policies that move our country to a single-payer system. As a Member of Congress, I’m proud to support Medicare for All, a legislative proposal that creates a single-payer system that will finally guarantee coverage for every American, while reining-in the exorbitant costs of our existing system. Learn about news and information related to Healthcare.”
On the environment . . .
“In Congress, my top environmental priority is addressing climate change and helping our country reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning away from a reliance on fossil fuels and moving towards a 100% clean energy economy. I am a strong advocate for policies that invest in renewable energy, champion green efficient manufacturing and uphold strong environmental protections. Learn about initiatives and news items related to Environmental Justice.”
Plans for Economy
“I’m committed to pushing changes that ensure those protections for workers in every industry and income bracket throughout this country. That’s why I am a staunch supporter of raising the minimum wage, which will reverse the stagnant growth workers have been struggling with for decades as they try to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living. But low wages aren’t the only thing holding working families back. I am also pushing for a national paid family leave and sick days policy, so that no one has to choose between their health and their paycheck.”
“Education is a pathway to greater opportunity and economic security. It is the lynchpin of the American Dream. I am fighting for our students by pushing policies that will address the rising cost of college. That includes policies like establishing tuition-free college and eliminating the existing student loan debt that’s currently holding millions of Americans back. Enacting such plans will ensure that everyone - regardless of their income or zip code, the color of their skin or their parents’ occupation - has access to a quality, affordable education.”